Quality Inn Bradenton - Sarasota North
6727 14th St. West/US 41
Bradenton, FL 34207
Phone: (941) 758-7199
Fax: (941) 751-4947
Arts & Museums
The Circus Museum was the first museum to showcase miniatures, records and props related to the circus. Conceived in 1948, this marvel continues to delight children and adults with its artifacts that nostalgically recreate the magic of the circus world. Sit on a colorful toy train, befriend clowns, view fairyland chariots, old costumes and gigantic circus posters with retro art. Visit the Tibbals Learning Center to see one of the largest miniatures of a circus in the world. Indeed, the Howard Bros. Circus Model features an astounding 44,000 dolls and props, depicting carousels, dance scenes, railway stations and general town life. Another attraction is The Greatest Show on Earth Mural, a colossal wall art with a height spanning two floors. Its magnificent colors, sheer drama and intricate graphic art spellbind visitors. This museum offers guided, group and private tours.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is Florida's official art museum and combines fine art, architecture and performing arts under one roof. It is named after John Nicholas Ringling, a legendary man who pioneered the concept of the modern circus along with his six brothers. Sprawled over the banks of the Sarasota Bay, it is a huge complex comprising the main Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the historic Asolo Theater, the Ca’ d’Zan house and the magnificent Bayfront Gardens. This museum houses more than 10,000 works of notable artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Eugène Boudin, Marcel Duchamp, Gianlorenzo Bernini and Benjamin West. Visit the circus-themed museum to view the largest circus miniature on earth, then explore the Venetian Gothic Ca’ d’Zan home. Walk along the picturesque Millennium Tree Trail and Bayfront Promenade to enjoy views of the bay and gardens. The estate is also home to the Mable’s Rose Garden and the Dwarf Garden. Given the sheer breadth of the museum, it is best to embark on a guided tour.
Florida State University/Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts is a collection of Ringling Museum, Ca' d'Zan, Ringling Museum of the Circus, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts and Florida State University Sarasota Dance. The art museum started off as the personal collection of John Ringling. What started in 1925 was only completed in 1931 and opened for all to see. The museum showcased classic and prized paintings and sculpture of artists like Veronese, El Greco, Rubens and Velázquez. The art pieces vary from American, European to Asian art and is a fabulous amalgamation of art. The museum organizes regular events like lectures and other programs. There is also a well-stocked art library with everything connected to art. The center imparts education and is focused on every kind of art; visual arts, performing arts, arts and cultural education and history and cultural programs. The history and cultural programs division includes the maintenance and preservation of the home of the Ringlings; the Ca' d'Zan. Do check the website.
The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is every motor-head’s dream come true. How the museum came into existence is quite an interesting story. The museum was set up during the County's population boom in the late 1900s. Brothers Herbert and Bob Horn collected old cars as a hobby and decided to make their hobby a museum and share their passion. Originally the museum was called Horns’ Cars of Yesterday, and later took up its current name. The museum is a perfect showcase of antique four-wheelers in all their glory. The museum also has on display automobiles that will never be created again. John Lennon’s 1956 Bentley and Paul McCartney’s Mini Cooper are also now a part of this collection. The museum also has a section where they have showcased arcade games of the past and an antique camera display. The gift shop at the museum has some very interesting items like books on automobiles that are hard to find and references and pictures of cars that don’t exist today. They also have regular events like an Elvis Tribute Show and Car Shows. The museum moonlights as a venue for private events and other occasions as well. They promise to meet your budget preferences and give you a fabulous setting for your formal or casual event. Do check the website for details.
The South Florida Museum in Bradenton is located along 10th Street West. The museum has a great collection of relics and fossils of mammals and marine animals in the area. The museum also has detailed exhibits of the Paleoindian, Native American and other historic cultures and how they evolved over time. Some of these exhibits are Fabulous Florida Seas, Archaic Peoples, Land of Change, among others. The museum also has a hall of Medical History, where you can see the advances medical science has made. Apart from permanent displays, the museum also showcases temporary exhibits on a regular basis, including a photography workshop focusing on wildlife photography.
G.WIZ stands for Gulf Coast Wonder and imagination Zone; and this museum is all about using the imagination to have fun as well as learn about things. A great way to spend a day with the kids. See website for more information.
The Palmers, an eminent Chicago family bought The Spanish Point in the early 1900s and it remained a family property till the 1980s, when it was donated to Gulf Coast Heritage Association. Spread across 30 acres (12.14 hectares), Historic Spanish Point is an archaeological site and museum. It includes prehistoric burial mounds and various historic buildings. The Osprey School is used as a visitors center. The site also features gardens, chapel, cemetery and walking trails. Visit Historic Spanish Point for an educative and a fun day out.
Find a multitude of local art here at Artpool Gallery. From vintage accessories, handmade jewelry, vinyl records, books, clothes and more, this shop has some funky and neat finds. Aside from the retail goods, Artpool Gallery also offers a cafe with delicious local eats with sandwiches, wraps, salads and local craft brews and gourmet coffee.
A museum dedicated to preserving the rich history of the African American community of the area, Dr. Carter Woodson African American Museum is an integral part of the city's cultural landscape. The chrome-yellow facade of this structure, beautifully contrasted with its red tiled roof and white columns at the front, stands proudly in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg. Striving to become the quintessential center for information on the past, present and future of the African American society, the museum has a Resource Center which has a stock on the prominent personalities in the community's history. The museum also rents out its spaces for a variety of purposes. See the website for more information.
Housing the largest collection of Salvador Dali works in the world, the museum offers a regularly changing exhibit of the legendary surrealist artist's melting-watch canvases and a wide variety of his sculpture and fiber objects that are, at the very least, intriguing. One memorable creation toasts the cocktail party; it is a vest covered with full glasses of creme de menthe. Daily tours seek to explain this complex man and his equally complex art. In the museum store you can select a memento of your surreal experience. Do check the website or call for timings.
Featuring local and international artists alike, this gallery is known for its impressive glass gallery and studio. Once a tomato packing plant, the grounds have been transformed into an educational, multi-functional space. Nestled in the Warehouse Arts District, the gallery fits in perfectly with the funky, free-spirited neighborhood. Tours, classes and field trip opportunities are offered to those interested.
The Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame located at Tropicana Field, is a memoir and tribute to the man himself, Ted Williams. The museum was originally located in Hernando and then moved here to its current location in 2006. The museum is an approximate 7,000 square foot facility, holds all the memorabilia of baseball that is connected to Williams during his playing days for the Bostan Red Sox and the United States Marine Corps, as well as his time off the field. The museum also has a Hitters Hall of Fame that was introduced in 2003 that features all big names in the games Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and more. Open to only those attending the games at the field, the museum is a great collection of the players, especially Williams’ personal, as well as career making tokens. Photographs, trophies, figurines, gloves, uniforms, shoes, bats and lots more bring hordes of fans during every game, to celebrate a lost baseball champ. Call ahead for timings and other details.